Fire station tea party for chemo unit

A FIRE station was turned into the venue for a special afternoon tea party as a community helped raise vital funds for cancer care.

Peterlee Fire Station hosted a tea and cakes fundraiser in aid of the chemotherapy unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The event was held in memory of local councillor Audrey Laing’s husband Jim who was treated in the unit before he sadly passed away last year.

The party, organised by Julia Errington at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, helped raise more than £2,300 for the unit.

Julia and colleagues at the fire service know Cllr Laing through her role as the vice-chair of the Country Durham and Darlington Fire Authority.

Julia said: “‘I am delighted with the amount we raised at the afternoon tea – our fire service family all worked together to make it such a success.

“It is nice to know that the money will go to the Cancer Unit to provide much needed support people in our area.”
Rita Taylor, a non-executive director at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the unit, was invited along.

She said: “It was a pleasure to be able to attend such a fantastic event for a very worthy cause.

“All of the money raised will go directly back into the unit to make improvements so that we continue to provide the very best care to our patients.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the fire service for their support and generous donations – it’s appreciated by everyone at the trust.”

Pictured are, left to right: Trust non-executive director Rita Taylor, councillor Audrey Laing, organiser Julia Errington and chief fire officer Stuart Errington.

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